It shall be the duty of all railroads operating engines and cars within the city to establish reasonable yard limits for the control and operation of engines and trains, which limits shall extend beyond Brady Street on the east and Washington Street on the west.
Every corporation owning or operating a railway within the corporate limits of the city which railway crosses any street that is now or shall hereafter be paved on either or both sides of the track, shall construct and keep in repair its right of way across such street by paving the same with vitrified paving brick or asphaltic concrete to be laid upon concrete base of not less than four (4) inches in thickness, said paving to be constructed as to be even with the top of the rails of said roadbed and to cover the space between the rails as well as any space between its main track and sidings. Said paving shall be as wide as the paving in the street crossed by said track.
Every corporation owning or operating a railway within the corporate limits of the city which railway crosses any street is hereby prohibited from allowing its trains, engines or cars to stand upon any crossing or street for a period exceeding ten (10) minutes at any one time without leaving an opening in the traveled portion of the crossing or street at least thirty (30) feet in width. As provided by Section 5-302, BLOCKING CROSSINGS, a violation shall constitute an unclassified misdemeanor.
No member of a railroad train, yard, or engine crew shall be held personally responsible or found guilty of violating this article upon reasonable proof that such person’s action was necessary due to circumstances beyond such person’s control, or to comply with the order or instructions, either written or verbal, of the person’s employer or officers or supervisory officials. Nothing in this section shall relieve the employer or railroad from any responsibility placed upon such employer or railroad by this article.